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From Reporter Mar Yvette

Sting Sings At A Magic Shop In Santa Monica, WHAT?!

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So I received an email on Monday morning from a music publicist asking if I wanted to go to a concert to check out a mini showcase from some artists on the Cherry Tree Record label. One of the artists being Sting. I was like, Sting as in STING?? As in 16-time Grammy winner Sting??!

Um, yeah. Who could say no to that?

Even better, Sting would be playing one of the most seemingly random non-music venues: Magicopolis in Santa Monica. Yes, as in Magicopolis, that place I've walked by a million times on 4th Street but had never stepped inside because, well, even though I guess I like magic, I just never really liked magic thaaaaaat much.

Well, it turned out to be a truly magical experience because there in that tiny 150-seat theatre on an even tinier stage Sting opened the night by performing a handful of songs from his new album "The Last Ship" — his first full-length LP since 2003.

Much like the space itself, the songs (inspired by his forthcoming Broadway play of the same name) were extremely intimate and pared down. He talked about growing up near a shipyard in Newcastle and how his father didn't want him to be a singer because he didn't think he'd make any money doing it.

Introducing his song "And Yet" he said: "I have a very ambivalent attitude toward my hometown. I did everything I could to try and escape … I didn't want to end up in the shipyard. Ironically, it's where I dream. I still dream about those streets, I still dream about that life. And I've gone back there creatively, I suppose. You spend a lot of time leaving, escaping, and then at some point you have to go back."

After his set he returned to the stage to sing the second half of "Clarity" with the gifted vocalist Matthew Koma, who co-wrote the hit song with Zedd. (See the above video.) Cherry Tree Records did an incredible job proving that DIY is very much alive and that, in their words, "a very mom and pop operation" can still be totally pro.

A night of pure magic indeed.

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